The brand new, limited edition, first ever Cirque Colors Halloween collection comes out today! The collection is called All Hallow's Eve and it consists of two polishes: a glow-in-the-dark orange and a black shattered glitter. They're designed to complement each other when worn together, but can also be layered with other shades to add glitter or glow.
Cirque Kabocha. A medium nearly-neon glow-in-the-dark orange jelly. This orange is quite bright, though to my eye it's just a tad short of true day-glow neon orange. It has a jelly finish but it is buildable. I'm wearing three coats here and I still have some visible nail line. Since it's a glow-in-the-dark polish, it will glow fluorescent green in the dark.
Cirque Kabocha, no topcoat. Since this is a glow-in-the-dark polish, it will naturally dry to a semi-matte textured finish. You can actually see the luminescent particles suspended in the orange jelly base and they will add a slight texture to the dried polish. It looks nice this way as well; it reminds me of Illamasqua's rubber finish polishes.
I apologize for the hilariously blurry picture. My hands shake so much that it was nearly impossible to hold them still enough to get even this clear of a picture in the dark! Anyway, this is Kabocha on its own. It has quite a strong glow that lasts for several minutes before it needs to be 'charged' (exposing it to light refreshes the glow effect) again.
Cirque Neko (one coat over Cirque Kabocha). Neko is a black glitter topcoat. It consists of varying shapes and sizes of black glitter suspended in a clear base. Some of the pieces are large and rectangular, some are small and square, some are just jagged and random, some are tiny circles. Very irregular and very interesting looking on the nail and surprisingly easy to apply. The glitter clumps a little, but it's not the type of chunky, clumpy glitter that I have to dab onto my nail to apply.
Another cool thing about Neko is that you can still see the shapes in the dark (when you layer it over Kabocha). Sorry I couldn't get a clearer picture of it, but you get the idea, right?
The formula on both of these was good. Kabocha is thin and a little watery but goes on smooth and dries quickly. Neko is thicker but easy to apply in a thin coat with good glitter placement. Kabocha is on the sheer side of jelly and still had visible nail line at three coats. Every coat I applied made it more and more opaque, so maybe four would have been perfect. I could have also layered it over a white or orange base to achieve the color and glow effect without having to use multiple coats, but it would have ruined the jelly finish. Neko is a pretty substantial glitter and has some sharp, poky edges, so I needed two coats of topcoat to seal and smooth it completely. Both the polishes need a good, thorough shaking before application as they settle quite a lot (the glow particles in Kabocha settle in the bottom and the glitter in Neko sticks to the sides of the bottle).
One more small detail about the formula- all Cirque polishes are scented! It's a subtle scent that reminds me of lavender. It's soothing and spa-like and gives the polishes that extra special 'something'.
These polishes are pretty awesome. Kabocha has a nice, strong glow (just be sure to shake it first) and the bright orange color is gorgeous. Neko is interesting and layers very well with Kabocha. It's chunky and pointy but nothing that a couple coats of topcoat won't help. When worn together, Kabocha and Neko are a perfect Halloween combination- black and orange in color with a fun, spooky jagged-shaped glitter and an eerie green glow.
The limited edition Cirque Colors All Hallow's Eve polishes retail for $12 each and are available directly from cirquecolors.com.
(This was sent for review.)